07/28/2009 11:00PM

Rail post concerns Pierce


OCEANPORT, N.J. - At first blush, it is hard to look past Chocolate Blush in the $52,000 second-level allowance for New Jersey-bred fillies and mares on Friday at Monmouth Park.

The 3-year-old Chocolate Blush, trained by breeder Joe Pierce Jr., has won two in a row and now makes the logical progression through her conditions.

She debuted here on June 13, finishing fourth while racing greenly. Pierce added blinkers. The result: consecutive victories.

"The blinkers certainly helped," Pierce said. "In that first race, she tried to get in a little bit and the jock really couldn't persevere with her."

Chocolate Blush showed improved speed to capture her maiden. In the follow-up win, she rated nicely before pulling away by 3 1/2 lengths.

"She has sure improved," Pierce said. "Her last couple of races have been good."

Chocolate Blush earned identical 60 Beyer Speed Figures in those wins. A repeat effort would make her very tough in this six-furlong race against five rivals.

Pedro Cotto, Jr, the only rider Chocolate Blush has known, has the return call.

The only negative could be the post. Chocolate Blush has the rail for the first time in her career.

"I am not an advocate of post 1," Pierce said. "That doesn't make me feel too good, but Cotto knows the filly and he'll know what to do."

Helen's the One rebounded nicely to finish third last time in a potential key race as the first two finishers, Little Stitch and Say It With a Kiss, came back to win their following starts.

Like Chocolate Blush, Emily Allstar is stepping up following a first-level win, a stunner at 46-1 on July 3 that produced a career-high 69 Beyer. It was her first start after being vanned off the track at the Meadowlands last November.

Private Miracle debuted with a win here last September and followed with a first-level allowance victory at the Meadowlands. She caught a sloppy track for her third, and final race, of the season.

Private Miracle was no factor in her 2009 season debut. She likely needed that race and could improve for trainer Alan Seewald with Jose Velez Jr. up.

Dakota Doll and Livin Fastforward, both 2-for-4 in their Monmouth careers, complete the field.